This Episode: “Art Revisited”

John Boylan’s Next Conversation

Event Date: Tuesday, March 15, from 7 to 9 pm

Admission is free. Tell your friends.

This roundtable conversation series happens at Vermillion, an art gallery, bar, and neighborhood gathering place at 1508 11th Ave, Seattle ( For more information on the series, call John Boylan at 206-601-9848.

If you want to link to this announcement, you can do so at

This month, we’re experimenting with another no-guest conversation. Occasionally we do that; the last time was a very spirited conversation about honor, last November. For that one, the group was relatively small, maybe 20 people. It was a very good conversation.

I love the conversations where 90 people show up. They’re big and boisterous and full of energy. “Style” was like that; it’s a very popular topic, with some amazingly popular guests. But the small conversations are valuable in different ways. They’re slower, and of course more intimate, and often just easier. And the no-guest conversations tend to end up as smaller, intimate events.

For this conversation, I want to talk about art. Essentially, this series always talks about art, but usually through a filter: art and technology; art and death, food as art, art in politics, art as a way of expressing science. Or we’ve tried to carve art into subdomains: sculpture, painting, public art, drawing, conceptual art.

This time, we’ll go in without filters and subdomains, to just talk about art. Things we’ve seen that are amazing. Things we’ve made that are amazing. Art that we can’t stand. Why we make what we make. Why we hate what we make, or why we love it. Where art is going, or not. How important is art in our lives.

I’m defining art broadly here, from painting to performance, spoken word to sand paintings. And I know that there’s a danger in unfiltered conversation. When people get together to talk without filters about art, the conversation can easily veer toward two easy topics: “Seattle sucks as an art town,” and “there’s no support for the arts.” Valid topics both, but I think that we can do better than that. I’m looking for a passionate, wide-ranging look at art.

So come and talk, come and vent, come and rhapsodize. But do come.


Peter Clothier is a veteran critic, writer, and scholar based in and around Los Angeles. He has specialized in writing about art and artists for many years. He’ll be coming to town; Greg Kucera Gallery is hosting a morning coffee event, with what looks to be a fascinating discussion.

Details: Peter Clothier, Saturday, March 19, at 11 am, at Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. South.

Peter will talk about creativity and art and persistence, themes he discusses in his new book, “Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce” (

His blog is The Buddha Diaries,

You can learn more about Peter and his work at

I’ll be there.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: